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The Eco Friendly Shopping Cart

To counteract the damage that mankind is inflicting on the Earth, we need to start thinking about using sustainable products which use as little energy and waste as possible in their manufacture. Here is an ethical shopping list, designed with being kind to ourselves and our planet in mind.

Newspaper – It allegedly takes 63000 trees to make one edition of the Sunday New York Times, a huge waste of CO2 reducing forests, so newspapers can be a waste of resources even if we do recycle them.

To counteract this don t buy a newspaper, read the news online. Every major newspaper in the world has online editions, so ethically speaking you can keep up-to-date with the news without affecting the natural world too much.

Milk – Buy your milk from the milkman. Local dairies use glass bottles which are then washed and recycled, certainly saving on the plastic waste that supermarkets and most shops sell their milk in. Also by using a milkman, who delivers to a number of people in one area, petrol exhau…

Green Jobs are Growing

A combination of legislation and activism is inspiring companies to consider the "green" side to their business. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows environmentally related occupations were projected to grow 38 percent more than all other occupations combined by 2016. The report, "Current and Potential Green Jobs in the U.S. Economy," predicts the highest growth of green jobs will be in renewable power generation, retrofitting residential and commercial areas and in renewable transportation fuels. As a result, universities are increasingly integrating economic, environmental and social issues into their curriculum.

One of these institutions, has created several green focused specializations to build on the school's core degree programs including business administration with a specialization in sustainability management, and electronics engineering technology with a specialization in renewable energy.

"Education needs to reflect this trend for the future lea…

Fair Trade

May 12th is World Fair Trade Day, celebrate by understand what the term fair trade actually means and how it fits in with living a green lifestyle.   

Once you decide that you want to be an eco-conscious consumer, you will connect your environmentalism with other ethical considerations and personal values.  Green consumers often try to source raw materials or buy wholesale from "fair trade" co-operatives and small businesses.  It is not enough to invest in products labeled as being "green".  Green is a mindset and group of values which reflect a dedication to sustainability, being organic, and sourcing fair trade products.  

As the name suggests, fair trade means that the suppliers, such as coffee farmers, are paid a fair wage for their produce, not forced to live on a poverty-level wage. Coffee, tea, and cocoa are just a few of the items you might have in your office kitchen. Fair trade clothing, jewelry and furniture might all be part of your new shopping repertoir…

Simple Meditation Tips for Everybody

We all need to relax after a long days work.  We simply cannot do without it because it is a basic need for all human beings.  When you are relaxed then you are able to handle the worries that we go through from time to time.  This is possible because relaxing equips us and prepares so that with can deal with any kind of stress.  You are supposed to deal with those things which are stressing when you are relaxed. 

You should befriend stress and so you should think of it as the worst enemy of your life and in your everyday circumstances. This is because its effects are long term and it usually leads to illness which cannot be cured within a short time.  It tampers with your health making you not to be able to work effectively.
The best that you can be assured of relaxation is through meditation.  Meditation is simply defined as the exercise of strong and focused alertness whereby there is finely tuned concentration and reflection.  It is highly related to religious matters where one gets…

4 Ways To Get Rid of Garden Pests Naturally

Starting an organic garden is great for your health and can ultimately save you hundreds of dollars each year. However, if you’re not careful about taking preventative measures in your garden, you run the risk of having it attacked by bugs and pests of all kinds which defeats the purpose of saving money.
Using pesticides and other harmful chemicals eliminates the idea of a fully natural garden and such chemicals can cause health problems. If you’ve just started a garden or simply can’t seem to figure out how to remove pests naturally, the tips in this blog post are sure to help you.
1.  Panty Hose

Alright, so you probably never thought that a spare pair of panty hose could keep the bugs away in your garden but they are great deterrents.  All you have to do is take a pair of panty hose and stretch them so that they cover your tomato plants.  This keeps birds, squirrels, and other pests away. 

Pantyhose are very versatile and serve several purposes in your garden.  You can also keep the …

Happy Earth Day!!

Hooray,'s finally Earth Day which happens to be my second favorite environmental holiday!  It also happens to be the largest secular holiday celebrated in the U.S. and the largest civic event in the world and I think that's a pretty awesome claim to fame ;)

Earth day began in 1970 making this year its 49th anniversary.  It broadens the base for support for environmental programs, rekindles public commitment and builds community activism around the world through a broad range of events and activities.  I LOVE that it is celebrated by people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities. It is a day that promotes conservation and concern reminding us that EVERYONE is responsible for protecting the planet. 

Here's a little Earth Day history for you:

In 1962, Rachel Carson's Silent Spring set the stage for the modern environmental movement.  The New York Times Bestseller sold more than 500,000 copies in 24 countries.  Up until that moment, more than any other perso…

Nat'l Hanging Out Day! (April 19th)

Did you know? Within the average household electric dryers account for 6-10% of energy consumption.
National Hanging Out Day was established in 1955 to bring attention to energy waste associated with machine dryers and to encourage people to dry their clothes in the open air.
Whether we like it or not, chores are an essential part of life and one of those essential, modern day chores is laundry.A simple way to green or laundry routine is to get back to basics and line dry our items.The sun acts as a natural antimicrobial agent so using a clothesline outside when the weather allows is good for your health.For indoor drying you can use a clothes rack.No matter the location of your drying clothes with each load of laundry you’ll be conserving energy and protecting the planet.
If you must use a dryer for your clothes, you can conserve energy by keeping your duct clean and well maintained.Using an efficient model of dryer can help conserve energy and water, saving you money.Plus, efficient mod…

Keep America Beautiful Month

Keep America Beautiful (KAB)is a nonprofit organization that has been inspiring and educating people to take consistent action to help beautify their community environments since 1953.  April has been designated 'Keep America Beautiful' month since the 1970's and KAB uses this month to celebrate the hard work of their state and community based affiliates, local partners, businesses, public offices, and millions of volunteers who make a difference through their environmental initiatives.  

With their corporate, non-profit, and education partners KAB supports several campaigns such as cars to donate, cigarrette litter prevention, the great American clean up, and the give and go move out program.  All of their campaigns are designed to help build and sustain vibrant communities. 

I encourage all of you to do a little research this month and see what KAB programs you can get your community involved in.  

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Greening Your Garden

Spring is the time of year when the winter fantasies of gardeners everywhere start to become reality. As the bulbs start blooming and the leaves start budding, garden lovers everywhere become excited to help along yet another year of beautiful flowers and luscious plants. What better time, then, to consider the most eco friendly ways we can do that?

Rain is easy to take for granted, but we sure miss it in our garden when we suffer a dry spell. Why not collect rain water when it's in abundance during a storm and save it for the day you'll need it? That's exactly what rainwater barrels do for you. You can set them up under your gutters, and they can collect up to sixty gallons of rain depending on their size. Then, when the skies are blue and there is not a cloud in sight you can release the water through your hose and right to your plants when they really need it.

Plants and flowers love compost, which delivers life-nourishing organic matter right where they need it most. You…

Nat'l Make Lunch Count Day! (April 13)

Tomorrow is Make Lunch Count Day, a day set aside to get away from your desk and enjoy your midday lunch away from the office.  This is so important because 73% of people eat lunch at their desks at least 2x/week and one third of workers eat lunch at their desks every single day.  Are you guilty of this?  I am!  I typically pack my lunch 5 days/week and end up eating at my desk 3-5 days per week.  On Mondays I dog sit on my lunch break and I try to make it a point to go to my parents house one a week to eat my lunch with them and my niece.  But, most of the time I stay at my desk because it's convenient. 

There are lots of ways to celebrate Make Lunch Count Day and you can make it count even more by keeping your meal eco-friendly.  I plan to pack a zero waste picnic and invite one of my coworkers to join me at the local park to share lunch, a quick walk and some good conversation.  This midday break is a great way to clear your mind and leaves you feeling more refreshed to take on …

National Beer Day

Today is National Beer Day and I am encouraging all of you that celebrate to be a little greener by drinking beverages from breweries that apply environmental principles to their businesses. Here is a list of some of my favorite eco friendly breweries and why I love them:
1. BROOKLYN BREWERY uses 100% sustainable energy sourced from windfarms in Upstate New York. They also pay local dairy & livestock farmers to take their used grain to prevent it from being disposed of as waste. 2. SIERRA NEVADA BREWING COMPANY gets 100% of their electric from rooftop and parking lot solar panels, they divert almost all of their waste from landfills, and purify their used water for us in the crops. 3. NEW BELGIUM BREWERY is one of my favorites (probably because I used to live right near it - try their Sunshine if you get a chance). They have a lot of environmental goals they're working towards and they currently divery 99% of their waste from landfills, reduce their emissions and cons…

Nat'l Walk to Work Day!

Get out your sneakers and map out your route cause tomorrow is National Walk to Work Day!!

Recognizing this day is good for our physical health, our personal health, and the health of the planet as a whole.  If you're someone who typically uses a vehicle of some sort to commute to work you'll be pleasantly surprised by the benefits switching it up can bring.  By the time you arrive at your job you'll feel awake and energized and your head will be clear and ready for whatever comes your way.  Use the extra time it takes to walk as a way to slow down the day and appreciate the beauty that surrounds you.  It's too easy to lose sight of what's beyond work these days so putting in a little effort to reconnect with the environment might be just what you need to refresh your body and mind.

This action will require some advanced planning.  Here are some helpful tips to making it an easy and fun commute:

1.  Set your alarm early.
2.  Pack an on the go breakfast.
3.  Pick out app…

Gardening Tips for Beginners

If you're just beginning with gardening, don't be afraid for it is not meant to be difficult.  In fact, it can be so much more fun than what you think.  If you don't know how to start, there is always an avenue of knowledge for you: your grandmother or family to assist you, informational books and magazines to read, and the internet to browse more information. 

People of all ages - children, young adults, adults, and old folks alike - see gardening as a refreshing and rewarding hobby.  With all the benefits that you get why not start growing your own plants indoor or outdoors today.  You will see the big difference and be convinced once you get to reap your own fruits of labors. 

Would you like to have a bed of beautiful and colorful flowers, country garden full of wild flowers and shrubs, manicured lawn strategically placed with shrubs and little trees, or just a simple backyard with lots of pots and containers planted with grown plants?  Whatever your preference you're…

Happy Medication Safety Week!

Each year medication safety week is recognized during the first week of April. It is meant to draw attention to the issues surrounding medication administration and disposal for individuals, doctors, hospitals, and pharmacists. It is also a way to help prevent the inappropriate use of meds and overdose.
Although patient safety is a primary concern during this week this post will focus on the environmental impact and disposal of medications. According to Mother Nature Network, more than 100 different pharmaceuticals have been detected in rivers, lakes, streams, and reservoirs around the world. These pharmaceuticals include antibiotics, anticonvulsants, sex hormones, and mood stabilizers and have been found in drinking water supplied to at least 41 million Americans. These small concentrations of medications detected in the environment have the potential to affect human health and the health of marine life. They most typically enter our water sources after they are expelled from the body…

Making Your Own Green Cleaning Products

Cleaning your home is a necessity, but that does not mean you have to use toxic, chemically-laden cleaners. In fact, with just a few ingredients, you can make your own green cleaning products. Look below to learn how to make cleaners you will feel comfortable using around your family.

The following are the items you will need to make natural cleaning products:

White distilled vinegarBaking sodaWashing soda (found in the laundry aisle)Natural detergent or liquid soapVegetable glycerin (optional)Essential oil (optional)

Soft Scrubbing Cream

To clean your bathtub, pour 1/2 cup baking soda into a medium bowl. Add liquid detergent and stir until it becomes the consistency of frosting. Put a spoonful onto a sponge, wet it slightly, clean your bathtub and then rinse it. You will find this cleaner does not leave a gritty feel in the bathtub. You can make just enough for the job or you can add a teaspoon of vegetable glycerin to keep the cleaner moist. Store it in a tightly sealed jar.

All-Purpose …

Sustainable Eating

Do you realize how much the decisions you make can affect the people and the world around you? Even the food choices you make can make a difference. Where you shop, the packaging for the food and the food itself can all affect your sustainable eating habits.

Even though farming provides food for the world, there is much related to farming that is damaging to the environment. Think about the chemicals used on a farm. These chemicals soak into the soil and then down into the groundwater, which pollutes it. The machinery farmers use to harvest the food is run by fossil fuels and adds to the greenhouse gases. 

Here are some things you can do:

Eat seasonal food that is grown locally. When you consider that some of the food you eat is grown all across the country and even internationally, you know it has to be transported. Most transportation requires fossil fuels to get it from point A to point B. When you eat foods that are grown locally, you have removed the need for transportation. This is…

Tips for Purchasing an Electric Bicycle

Electric bicycles and scooters may be the best green choice for transportation.

If you love the environment dearly but don't want to have to choose between having a car and going on foot everywhere you go, there is a solution: electric bicycles.  

Basically, electric bicycles are regular bicycles that have been fitted with an electric motor.  You can pedal less than a traditional bicycle and still take advantage of the electric motor to get you to your destination quickly.  However, the selection of electric bicycles is massive — without a clear idea of what you really want to get, it can be really hard to purchase an electric bicycle. This guide strives to clear up the confusion by giving you exactly what you need to look for in a good electric bicycle.

First, establish a budget.  The world of electric bicycles is just like their traditional counterparts — very vast with plenty of options to choose from at every price level.  It is very true that you get what you pay for, but electr…

7 Ways to Store Fresh Food Longer

Experts say the average family throws out nearly 15 percent of all fresh foods they purchase each year.  Depending upon where you live and the time of year, that could add up to quite a bit of money. It is important to find ways to store fresh food for longer.  Here are seven ways to accomplish this:

1. Homemakers of years past had a root cellar to place root vegetables like potatoes, onions and carrots.  They may have also used the root cellar to store home canned goods.  Perhaps you do not have a root cellar, but you can use the same basic idea.

The goal is to keep these vegetables in a cool, dry place that is out of direct sunlight.  Storing them in the refrigerator can actually make them spoil quicker, an alternative is to store root vegetables in paper bags within a cabinet.  Be sure to keep onions and potatoes separate or they will spoil quickly.

2. Cheese is another food that spoils if not used quickly.  Wrap cheese in wax paper before storing it in the refrigerator.  This will al…